We knew it was just a question of time before a major motorhome manufacturer got its hands on one of the new Ram ProMaster vans and made an RV from it. With the official unveiling of the 2014 Winnebago Travato Class B motorhome, we now have the first of what's likely to be many ProMaster-based models to challenge the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter's domination of the Class B and Class C segments.
The Travato was unveiled at Winnebago's Dealer Days meeting in Las Vegas, along with other new models in its 2014 product lineup. Although similar in size to the Sprinter-based models, the Travato's front-drive layout gives it a lower step-in height. An additional distinction from the Sprinter-based products is it will initially be offered exclusively with the 3.6-liter Pentastar gasoline V-6. When asked if it might eventually be offered with the optional 3.0-liter I-4 EcoDiesel, Winnebago representative Sheila Davis said, "Gas-only for now."
The Travato feataures a 9350-pound gross vehicle weight rating, 4400- pound payload, and a 5100- pound towing capacity. To maximize space efficiency and versatility, the Travato features a flip-up rear bed and rear-door access for storage of bicycles or other outdoor gear. Winnebago noted that Chrysler's Ram division has increased its number of dealers authorized to service the Travato and other ProMaster-based products. Pricing and more detailed specifications will be released when the Travato goes on sale in late summer to early fall.